Startup Weekend AI Montreal

    Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017


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Startup Weekend AI Montreal

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017



Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Thomson House (McGill University)
3650 McTavish
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

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Bringing Artificial Intelligence in Business!

Introducing the first Montreal Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence edition to the Montreal ecosystem! Montreal Startup Weekend AI (SWAI) will take place between September 22-24 at the McGill University. In the spirit of AI, this is the first SW that will be part of a bigger Global initiative in which the winning team has a chance to fly to Paris (all expenses included) to meet with other SW members!! 

Tickets & Registration: http://bit.ly/SWAImontreal

Facebook event: http://bit.ly/facebookSWAI

Global SWAI 
initiative: https://www.globalswai.co/

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About

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to provide an amazing experiential learning opportunity for AI enthusiasts, developers, designers, and business-minded individuals to come together to create a business. The weekend event is centered on ACTION, INNOVATION, and EDUCATION.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend will culminate on Sunday night with demo presentations to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and AI experts. 

Who you'll meet at Startup Weekend

We’re drawing in a diverse crowd of attendees this weekend, with backgrounds in: 
  • AI Enthusiasts (Masters, Ph.D students)
  • Technical (developers, designers) and
  • Business (marketers, entrepreneurs)
What you'll get out of the event
  • Education: learning by doing and hands-on experience.
  • Co-Founder Dating: create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  • Have Fun: meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.
  • Solve local problems with your ideas.
  • Build Your Network: meet high quality and driven entrepreneurs - like you! 
  • Learn new skills.
  • Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology. 
  • Mentorship: interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources.
You’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 

Why Artificial Intelligence? 

With major investment from both the government and the tech companies, Montreal is in a good position to become a world leader in AI as it is home to the biggest group of deep learning researchers in the world. It’s time to dive into AI now, but not many people know how to use it, let alone implement it in their products. We’re bringing together great mentors to help you step it up. The chance to learn and to build the next AI-enterprise is an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the next emerging technology! 

Montreal is taking part of the Global Startup Weekend AI (GSWAI) that connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. Countries like France, UK, Ireland, Hong-Kong, India, Mexico and Peru have already joined GSWAI and we are proud that Montreal is now a participating city!

What are you waiting for? Take part in this vibrant community!

FAQs: http://startupweekend.org/attendees/faq

QUESTIONS? 


To reach out to organizers, send a Message on https://www.facebook.com/UPMontreal/

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Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer la 1ère édition du Startup Weekend Montréal en Intelligence Artificielle du 22 au 24 Septembre à l’Université de McGill! Dans l'esprit de l’intelligence artificielle, ce Startup Weekend fait parti de l'initiative Global SWAI où l’équipe gagnante aura la chance de gagner un vol à Paris pour rencontrer d’autres membres de SW en participant à notre évènement!

À Propos

Startup Weekend est une compétition durant 54 heures qui vise à fournir une occasion d'apprentissage expérientiel autant pour les entrepreneurs techniques qu’aux entrepreneurs non-techniques. L'événement est axé sur l'ACTION, l'INNOVATION et l'ÉDUCATION.

Commençant par des pitchs Vendredi en soirée, et continuant avec du testing, du développement de modèle d'affaires, et de la création d'un prototype de base, Startup Weekend se terminera Dimanche soir avec des présentations de démonstration à un panel des entrepreneurs locaux, et des experts en intelligence artificielle.

Qui est-ce que vous rencontrerez au Startup Weekend?

Pour ce week-end, nous pigeont dans une foule diversifiée de participants:
  • Dans le domaine d'Intelligence Artificielle (étudiants en maîtrise et doctorat)
  • Travail technique (développeurs, programmeurs, designers)
  • Affaires, (marketing, entrepreneurs)
Qu'est-ce que vous gagnerez de l'événement ?
  • De l’éducation: un apprentissage riche par la pratique et l'expérience pratique.
  • Des rencontres de Co-Fondateurs: créer des relations qui durent même après le week-end.
  • Du plaisir: l’évènement est amusant et divertissant, donc profitez-en!
  • Résolution de problèmes locaux par vos idées.
  • Construction de votre réseau: rencontrez des entrepreneurs pleins de vie et d’inspirations - des gens comme vous!
  • Apprentissage de nouvelles compétences.
  • Le Savoir-Faire pour créer une entreprise (et le faire réellement!):  La quintessence de la Méthodologie du Lean Startup.
  • Le mentorat: interagissez avec des personnes influentes dans votre communauté.
  • Obtention d’accès à de précieuses ressources de démarrage.
Pourquoi l’intelligence artificielle (IA)?

IA est la prochaine technologie émergente, mais pas beaucoup de gens savent comment l'utiliser, et encore moins le mettre en œuvre dans leurs produits. Nous rassemblons d'excellents mentors pour vous aider à comprendre l’utilisation d’IA. Saisissez l’opportunité d'apprendre et de construire la prochaine entreprise d'IA.

Cette édition de Startup Weekend fait parti du Global Startup Weekend AI (GSWAI), qui apporte la connexion nécessaire avec les entrepreneurs, les organisateurs, et les communautés startup autour du monde. Plusieurs pays comme la France, Royaume-Uni, Irlande, Hong-Kong, Inde, Mexique, Pérou sont déjà impliqués au GSWAI et on est très content que Montréal est maintenant une ville participante!

Facebook: http://bit.ly/facebookSWAI

QUESTIONS? 
Pour communiquer avec les organisateurs, envoyez-nous un message sur https://www.facebook.com/UPMontreal/


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 22nd


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Discuss the action items for tomorrow. Must leave the premise.

Saturday September 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Workshops
Teams must attend the workshops.


10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams begin working on their idea.


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 24th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Workshop - Pitching
Teams must attend the Pitching workshop.


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up Party
We celebrate our achievements together!


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Montreal is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Bonnie
    Chau
  • Mansha
    Imtiyaz
  • Michelle
    Yu
  • Conrad
    Hall
  • Matthew
    Satterthwaite

Facilitators


Diana Cheptene
Senior Digital Strategy Consultant

Diana helps large enterprises embark on digital transformation and infuse innovation through experience-driven interactive solutions. Her team at IBM Interactive Experience brings a startup-like mindset and the latest technologies to deliver enterprise-grade solutions for large corporations in Canada.


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